OWINGS MILLS — There isn’t a coach in the National Football League that ever wants to get that phone call, the one telling him that one of his players has done something stupid, gotten arrested or simply gotten himself into some sort of trouble.
And for Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh, he has gotten more of those phone calls than he would like this offseason.
Ravens running back Ray Rice was arrested and later charged with third-degree aggravated assault following an altercation with his wife in February. Three other players have been arrested since then, most recently rookie running back Lorenzo Taliaferro, who was arrested last week and charged with public intoxication and destruction of property after allegedly breaking the window of a taxi cab near his hometown in Virginia.
Video also surfaced this week through TMZ of three Ravens — wide receiver Jacoby Jones, running back Bernard Pierce and cornerback Jimmy Smith — being kicked out of a bar in Ocean City on Memorial Day because Jones and Pierce were too drunk, according to the TMZ article.
This is more bad press than the Ravens want. Even more so, this is not what they’ve come to expect from their players.
“Very concerned,” Harbaugh said after an organized team activity practice Thursday. “Always concerned. We talk to those guys all the time, and I’m disappointed in some of the silliness that’s gone on.”
A team spokesman did not know the exact number of players that have been arrested since Harbaugh took over as coach in 2008, but he said the number was minimal prior to this offseason.
The Ravens’ hope now is to avoid any more issues going forward.
Harbaugh talked to the team about the off-field issues during a team meeting Wednesday.
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